Water Stratford Remembrance Service
Sunday 8th November 2015 

Hymn: Eternal Father, strong to save

Act of Remembrance
Jesus said, “Greater love has no-one than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends.”

Let us remember in thanksgiving and sorrow those who have died in conflict.

Reading of the Roll of Honour

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
We will remember them.

The Two-Minute Silence

Prayer for those who have died
Almighty God, from whose love we cannot be parted, either by death or life:
hear our prayers and thanksgiving for all whom we remember this day.
Fulfil in us, as in them, the purpose of your love; and bring us all to your eternal joy;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Centenary of the deaths of Rupert Brooke and Herbert Cadd

Reading: The Soldier, Rupert Brooke 1887 – 1915

Reading: Herbert George Cadd 1892 – 1915

Prayer for those bereaved
A hundred years ago this December, Mr and Mrs Johnson of Water Stratford heard that their grandson Bert, who had lived with them from boyhood, had been killed in battle.
Let us pray for everyone who is mourning the loss of someone they love.

Heavenly Father, hear our prayer for all who mourn.
In their grief and shock contain and comfort them;
surround them with love;
give them hope in their confusion and grace to let go into new life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain 
Winston Churchill said, “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”

Reading: Per Ardua, John Gillespie Magee 1922 – 1941

Reading: Isaiah 40. 26, 28b -31

We pray for all who serve in the armed and emergency services, especially those facing challenges today. We pray for their families in times of separation and worry.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

We remember those whose lives have been changed by injury to body and mind. Bring healing to the sick, raise the fallen, strengthen the faint-hearted and enfold in your love the fearful and those who have no hope.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

We pray for all who work to promote peace and justice in our troubled world. Grant to leaders wisdom and strength to strive for the good of all.
Merciful Father,
Accept these prayers
For the sake of your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

70th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camps

A victim of the Holocaust scratched these words on a concentration camp wall:
'I believe in the sun, even when it is not shining.
I believe in love, even though I don't feel it.
I believe in God, even when he is silent.'

Reading: Sir Nicholas Winton 1909 – 2015

Hymn: Thy kingdom come, on bended knee

Calling to mind times when we may have 'walked by on the other side', or may have seen other people's difference from us rather than our common humanity, we make our confession:
Merciful God, we confess that we have sinned in thought, word and deed.
We have not loved you with our whole heart.
We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.
In your mercy, forgive what we have been,
help us to amend what we are,
and direct what we shall be;
that we may do justly, love mercy,
and walk humbly with you, our God.

Almighty God, who forgives all who are truly sorry,
Have mercy upon us,
pardon and deliver us from all our sins,
confirm and strengthen us in all goodness,
and keep us in life eternal;
through Jesus Christ our lord. Amen.

Prayer for civilians suffering through war and terror
O God, who loves everything you have made, 
we pray for children, women and men 
whose lives are disrupted by war and terror, 
especially those now fleeing their homeland in search of safety. 
Show us ways to help them, 
that the desperate may find new hope, 
and lives torn apart be restored. 
We ask this in the name of your Son whose family fled persecution at his birth, 
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A prayer of St Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
    O Master, grant that we may not so much seek
    To be consoled, as to console,
    To be understood, as to understand,
    To be loved, as to love;
    For it is in giving that we receive,
    It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
    It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

70th anniversary of the end of the second world war
St Paul wrote, “Hate what is evil; cling to what is good …
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, …
Share with God's people who are in need …
Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.”

Reading: The story behind Now thank we all our God

Offertory Hymn: Now thank we all our God

A General Thanksgiving from The Book of Common Prayer
Almighty God, Father of all mercies,
we thine unworthy servants do give thee most humble and hearty thanks
for all thy goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all people;
especially we give thanks for the courage of those who fought to overcome evil;
for peace and freedom in our country;
and for co-operation between nations over seventy years.
We bless thee for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life;
but above all for thine inestimable love
in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ,
for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.
And we beseech thee, give us that due sense of all thy mercies,
that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful,
and that we shew forth thy praise,
not only with our lips, but in our lives;
by giving up ourselves to thy service,
and by walking before thee in holiness and righteousness all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom with thee and the Holy Ghost be all honour and glory,
world without end.

This reading was chosen for the national service of thanksgiving for victory at the end of the second world war. Its caption on the service sheet is: 'The beginning of the everlasting Gospel of Peace'.
Reading: Luke 2. 8-14

The Blessing
Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

We ask God's blessing on ourselves and each other, saying together
The peace of God,
which passes all understanding,
keep our hearts and minds
in the knowledge and love of God,
and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
Be among us and remain with us always.